Hamilton School District students scored well on the 2021-22 Wisconsin Forward Exam, topping the statewide average by 23 – 27 percentage points and outperforming most Waukesha County school districts in most subject areas.
- Hamilton’s science score of 73.2% was 24.4 percentage points higher than the state average of 48.8%.
- In social studies, 76.8% of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced – 24.6 percentage points higher than the state average of 52.2%.
- Some 64.4% of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced in English language arts compared to 37% at the state level, putting Hamilton 27.4 percentage points above the average in Wisconsin.
- The mathematics score was 62.9% for Hamilton and 39.3% statewide, topping the state average by 23.6 percentage points.
Among Waukesha County’s 10 K-12 school districts, Hamilton was the top performer in science, English language arts and social studies.
Hamilton School District Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., attributed the district’s impressive achievement results to the hard work of students and staff and support from families and the community. “We have high standards for rigorous instruction that is designed for all students to succeed,” Mielke said. “Partnering with parents and the community are key to our success.”
The district has initiated programs and practices that help its high-performing schools boost the achievement of all students. They include emphasis on literacy skills, research-based teaching and learning strategies and targeted, systematic interventions for students who need them.
The Forward Exam tests Wisconsin students in English language arts and mathematics in grades three to eight; science in grades four and eight; and social studies in grades four, eight and 10. Educators note that the Forward Exam is one data point in a comprehensive assessment program that includes state, district and classroom assessments.